Individuals can apply online for a Medicare card at the official Medicare website, by calling Social Security or by visiting a Social Security office. Individuals who qualify for automatic enrollment get a Medicare card in the mail three months before their 65th birthdays or their 25th month of disability.
Medicare cards provide proof that individuals are enrolled in the Original Medicare program, which is also called Medicare Part A. This card is generally required for those seeking Medicare-approved services. Those already receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits should qualify for automatic enrollment for Medicare. If individuals are still working as of their 65th birthdays or have end-stage renal disease, they may be required to enroll to receive their Medicare cards.
If individuals need a replacement card due to loss, wear or theft, they can request a replacement at the official Social Security website, by calling Social Security's toll-free number or by visiting a local Social Security Administration office. Individuals requesting replacement cards must provide their names as they appear on their Social Security cards, their Social Security numbers and their dates of birth. Replacement Medicare cards generally arrive within 30 days, but individuals can request a letter that provides proof of enrollment be mailed within 10 days. If immediate care is needed, individuals should visit a local Social Security office for immediate proof of enrollment.